Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Here are a few quick tips and recipes from Hungry Girl, so you can get in on the fiesta without all the fat.
Don't drink the whole pitcher! Cinco de Mayo means "the 5th of May," not National Down an Entire Pitcher of Margaritas Day. Nobody's saying you have to miss out on the fun, but mind your margaritas, people! Better yet, sip sangria. While ONE average margarita has around 350 calories, an average glass of fruit-filled sangria only contains 150.
Dip wisely. If you're at a Mexican restaurant, there will likely be a large (magically refilling) bowl of chips.DON'T inhale it. And DO realize that all dips are not created equal. Salsa wins over guacamole in the Mexican battle of guilt-free dips. Yes, avocados are a source of healthy fat. But too much healthy fat still translates to too much fat -- and too many calories (Especially when you're doing your dipping after a few sangrias!) If you're splurging on the chips, stick with salsa. It's super low in calories
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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Here are a few quick tips and recipes from Hungry Girl, so you can get in on the fiesta without all the fat.Read More »from HG's Cinco de Mayo Survival Guide
Need help keeping smart eating within your budget? Check out some of Hungry Girl's helpful tips...Read More »from Top 7 tips on how to eat guilt-free on a budget
Snacks? Bag 'em yourself. Those 100-calorie packs can be really helpful for portion-control purposes, but they're not very cost-effective. So buy regular multi-serving packages (or jumbo versions), and then use measuring cups to portion out single servings into resealable containers or zip-top baggies. Kitchen scales are also helpful here!
Dining out? Do it right. You REALLY do save money by eating budget-conscious meals at home. But every now and then, it's understandable to want a night out. Keep your eyes open for 2-for-1 deals and other restaurant bargains. Mail circulars can have some hidden gems for local eateries, and big chains are all about the discount dinners. (But PLEASE don't get sucked into eating something bad for you just because it's cheap!)
Take advantage of grocery deals. Clip those coupons from your local paper. And those envelopes and flyers packed with coupons that
Forget the drive-thru and pizza delivery. Here at Hungry Girl, we've got a few tricks up our sleeves to make sure that eating the guilt-free way is both easy and delicious! Check it out...Read More »from Diet-Friendly Meals for Busy Humans!
THREE SIMPLE METHODS
1. Crock Pot
The cool thing about crock-pot recipes is that you can start them up in the morning, go to work, come home, and have a fully cooked meal ready and waiting for you. It's kind of like having your own personal chef... only way cheaper! You can make all kinds of stuff without having to slave over a stove. We looooove our crock pot!
Try it out! Click here for our most recent slow-cooker recipes: Crock-Pot Cinna-Apples 'n Oats and Outside-In Turkey Tamale Pie!
2. Foil Packs
This is a nice, short and sweet way to whip up a meal. Turn on the oven, toss some items on a sheet of foil, wrap it up, and slap the foil-wrapped bundle on a cookie sheet. (Okay, for specifics, follow one of our many foil-pack recipes.) Set a timer, and then go read a chapter of that book you
Want to make sure you're NOT downing needless calories and fat grams when dining out? Here are a few quick 'n easy special orders at popular eateries, courtesy of Hungry Girl. They'll help you make better choices without turning you into you one of those "high-maintenance" diners...Read More »from Calorie-Slashing Secrets for Dining Out
Starbucks: Just Say "Skinny"
Save up to 180 calories and 8g fat!
"Skinny" means your drink is made with nonfat milk (instead of standard 2%) and sugar-free syrup (you choose the flavor). Yeah, asking for anything "skinny" can seem a little annoying at first, but considering that one little word shaves off more than 100 calories and over half a dozen fat grams from your coffee beverage, we think it's worth it!
Regular Grande Flavored Latte (with 2% Milk) = 250 calories, 6g fat, 135mg sodium, 36g carbs, 0g fiber, 34g sugars, 12g protein
Skinny Grande Flavored Latte = 130 calories, 0g fat, 170mg sodium, 19g carbs, 0g fiber, 17g sugars, 12g protein
Taco Bell: Make It "Fresco Style"
Save 100 calories and 10g
These days, oatmeal seems to be the hottest breakfast item around -- no pun intended. A bunch of quick-service places have recently added it to their lineup of grab-n-go pastries and muffins, and we're thrilled. Here's a quick rundown of three places offering fast and filling oatmeal options, and what you can expect in terms of taste AND calories...Read More »from Hot Breakfast in a Hurry (Oatmeal Reviews!)
Starbucks - Perfect Oatmeal
PER SERVING (1 container, nothing added): 140 calories, 2.5g fat, 105mg sodium, 25g carbs, 4g fiber, 0g sugars, 5g protein
SB was the first of the quick-service places to start doing fast oatmeal, and while its oats may not be as fancy as some others, we love it. It's basic, to-the-point, no-messing-around oatmeal. You can get it with a 50-calorie packet of brown sugar and 100-calorie packets of dried fruit and nuts. (Add all of them, and the calorie count is nearly 400, so pick 'n choose.) No frou-frou gimmicks, no pie topping. It's really filling, guilt-free, and customizable. Pretty close to perfect, if you
- Hungry-Girl | Shine Food – Tue, Mar 16, 2010 1:36 AM EDT
We at Hungry Girl are SOOO happy that many restaurants, in addition to being more forthcoming with their nutritional info, are featuring lower-calorie meals. Here's a rundown of a few popular chains that have jumped on the "light" bandwagon...
Romano's Macaroni Grill
Oh, MG. You were practically Public Enemy #1 in the chain restaurant world to us. Now, you've changed your stripes. You revamped the ENTIRE menu -- adding new items with reasonable stats and bringing down the fat and calorie counts of some of your more ridiculous items. That Scallops & Spinach Salad, which used to have over 1,300 calories and 90g fat, is now totally respectable with 460 calories and 18g fat!
HG Pick: Jumbo Shrimp Spiedini
230 calories, 5g fat, 670mg sodium, 15g carbs, 6g fiber, 31g protein
Big shrimp hoisted on rosemary skewers and served with roasted Read More »from The best of the new light menus from your favorite chains
Skipping breakfast is a bad idea. Your body needs fuel in the morning! And if you wait until lunch, you'll likely overeat. So, EAT BREAKFAST. No time? Here are some smart and delicious breakfasts from Hungry Girl that you can throw together quickly and eat on the go!Read More »from Fast & Easy On-the-Go Breakfasts!
The Microwave Scramble + Pita
It's fast, it's portable, and it has protein and carbs to satisfy you. Make one of these quickie scrambles-in-a-mug, stuff it inside a high-fiber or whole-wheat pita, and walk out the door.
Egg Mug Classic, Egg Mug Florentine, Egg Mug Burger-rama, Egg McMuggin', Egg Mug Lorraine, Egg Mug Mexicali - The quickest, simplest, egg recipes around!
Pizza! Pizza! Egg Mug, California Love Mug, and It's All Greek to Me Egg Mug - A little fancier but still easy and awesome.
Chicken Fajita Scramble Mug, Denver Omelette in a Mug, and Veggie Eggs-plosion Mug - Three more recipes for eggs in a mug!
If you have a blender, there's REALLY no reason to rely on overpriced smoothie chains. They
- Hungry-Girl | Shine Food – Tue, Mar 2, 2010 1:51 AM EST
No time for chit chat. Hungry Girl's got the best items for quick-n-easy, low-calorie, high-enjoyment cooking. Check it out!Read More »from Surprising Ingredients for Easy Guilt-Free Cooking (Stock Up!)
Canned Pure Pumpkin
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 40 calories, 0.5g fat, 5mg sodium, 10g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 4g sugars, 1g protein
That's right, people. It's great for much more than pies, so don't wait 'til Thanksgiving to get it. This stuff is an incredible ingredient: It adds fiber, cuts fat, and is super-tasty in a ton of unexpected recipes.
Try it in...
HG's Yum Yum Brownie Muffins
HG's The Whole Enchilada Chicken Soup
Canned Crushed Tomatoes
PER SERVING (1/4 cup): 20 calories, 0g fat, 115mg sodium, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 1g protein
With WAY less salt than standard supermarket tomato sauce, this is a great base for saucy dishes. Season it up, and look for herb-enhanced varieties!
Try it in...
HG's EZ Cheesy Lasagna for Two
Fiber One Bran Cereal (original)
PER SERVING (1/2 cup): 60 calories, 1g fat, 105mg sodium, 25g carbs, 14g fiber, 0g sugars, 2g
Ready to cut hundreds of calories right out of your life? GOOD!Read More »from Four Simple Calorie-Saving Food Swaps
We've taken a few common foods -- fattening ones -- and replaced them with equally delicious, guilt-free items. Start swappin', people!
1. Instead of Ground Beef...
Ground-Beef-Style Soy Crumbles
PER SERVING (1/2 - 2/3 cup): 60 - 80 calories, 0.5 - 2.5g fat, 230 - 270mg sodium, 5 - 6g carbs, 3g fiber, 0 -
Not only is this lower in calories and fat than the real deal, it's also SUPER-convenient. Want to add meaty texture and taste to your meal? Nuke a scoop of this stuff, add a little seasoning, and mix it in. SO simple! It's a great way to amp up ordinary tomato sauce or make guilt-free tacos for family night. Find them in the freezer aisle, made by brands like Boca and Morningstar Farms.
2. Instead of Sweet Potatoes...
PER SERVING (1 cup cubes, raw): 63 calories, 0g fat, 6mg sodium, 16g carbs, 2.75g fiber, 3g sugars, 1g protein
"But Hungry Girl! Sweet potatoes aren't bad for you!" Correct. Not bad
- Hungry-Girl | Work + Money – Tue, Feb 16, 2010 10:58 PM EST
Sometimes the biggest obstacles in your quest to lighten up your eating habits are your friends and family members. Whether it's a significant other who assumes anything guilt-free must taste HORRIBLE, a kid who refuses to eat anything without cheese, or a group of pals addicted to takeout, we've got some tricks up our sleeves here at Hungry Girl...Read More »from Fool Friends & Family with These Diet-Friendly Dishes!
EZ Cheesy Lasagna for Two
That's right. Guilt-free lasagna. So good, we even fool ourselves with it!
Egg-cellent Foo Young
Egg foo young is typically a HUGE diet-buster -- the eggs, the oil, the gooey sauce! Not only is our version light, but it's also SO DELICIOUS that no one will say, "Hey! This is good for me, isn't it?"
Too-EZ Mac 'n Cheese
Not all kids like to eat their veggies. So feed you kid some of this macaroni and cheese! It's got cauliflower in it! P.S. You will also love this stuff. Blue box, be gone.
Sassy Saucy Ribwich
Resist the fast-food drive-thru! Whip this up at home and save unimaginable amounts of fat. Warning: